Kalscheur stays hot as Cyclones dominate Texas Tech


Tyler Coe

Gabe Kalscheur celebrates after making a corner three against Texas Tech on Jan. 10, 2023.

Andrew Harrington, Sports Editor

AMES — Gabe Kalscheur did it again.

After hitting a game-winning three against TCU and holding the No. 14 Iowa State men’s basketball offense together during Big 12 play, Kalscheur added on a season-high of 25 points on Tuesday.

With this performance and hot shooting from nearly every member of the team, the Cyclones were able to run away with an 84-50 victory over Texas Tech.

It was a run to end the first half that ultimately allowed the Cyclones to pull away with ease. Over the final 6:50 of the half, the Cyclones went on a 20-3 run, making the score 39-20 as the teams headed into the locker rooms.

Kalschuer played a massive part in this strong half for the Cyclones, posting 15 first-half points, including a buzzer-beating three-point shot from the corner.

Although the Red Raiders were saved by the bell in the first half, Kalscheur got right back to business in the second. Kalscheur knocked down 10 of 14 shots and was 5-6 from a distance.

“Just confidence,” Kalscheur said. “Stay level-headed.”

It was not just Kalscheur who was knocking down triples, though, with the Cyclones shooting 12-22 on three-point attempts in the game.

The wins are continuing to flood in to start Big 12 play for Iowa State, kicking things off with a 4-0 record in conference play.

With how deep the Big 12 Conference is known to be, getting off to a quick start in conference play is going to be vital.

“Every one of these games is hard,” head coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “We know that everybody that we play, home or road, they’re going to be at their best, and we’ve got to be at our best.”

While the offense has come as a bit of a surprise for some Cyclone fans this season, the defense has lived up to its expectations.

The Cyclones pride themselves on not allowing things to come easy for opposing offenses, and that was exemplified on Tuesday night.

Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams said teams like Iowa State can be extremely difficult to gameplan against if you cannot replicate the physicality in practice.

Gabe Kalscheur going for a layup during the game against Texas Tech in Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 10, 2023. (Lee Chinyama)


“It’s encouraging to see a team like Iowa State the way they play,” Adams said. “They play a lot like we did last year.”

Similar to the matchup against Baylor, there were uncertainties surrounding the availability of some of Texas Tech’s top players, including star guard Pop Isaacs. Otzelberger said that this did not affect his game plan, as his team prepares for every player to be available if their status is in question.

“Just happy our guys did a great job focusing on their personnel,” Otzelberger said.

As for the status of Osun Osunniyi, who went down with a leg injury on a chase-down block, Otzelberger said that his status is still in question.